Dog chat: Unbeaten Mist leads betting for 'McGuigan'
As the opening 'major' of the year, the Tyrur McGuigan Open 575 has produced some really high-class racing and has also provided a most intriguing line-up for Saturday's final at Shelbourne Park.
The only unbeaten finalist is Irene McConnell's Martinstown Mist, which has been installed as the 2/1 favourite with Paddy Power, while Broadstrand Lad is second on the list at 5/2.
However, big cases can be made for all six runners, with the three co-outsiders at just 7/1. Indeed, it is quite possible to make major claims for this trio, which comprises Tyrur Domingo, Ohio Rumble and Croom Star.
Event sponsor PJ Fahy has two of his Tyrur team through to the final, with Willyjoe in there with Domingo. Willyjoe was the fastest semi-final winner when clocking 31.28 and he is ideally housed in trap six.
The full betting on the final is: 2/1 Martinstown Snow, 5/2 Broadstrand Lad, 7/2 Tyrur Willyjoe, 7/1 Croom Star, Ohio Rumble and Tyrur Domingo.
It will be a terrific night at Shelbourne, with the semi-finals of the Joe Dunne Memorial also down for decision. There will be massive anticipation of the second meeting of exciting youngsters Droopys Jet and Subway Gerry in the second semi-final.
While Droopys Jet looked a budding star in his first Shelbourne outing when clocking 28.60 last Saturday, Subway Gerry was almost as impressive in finishing a length and a half second after being slowly into his stride.
Next weekend will see the commencement of the national meeting in Tipperary. It will get off to a smart start with the 'Pop Gun' meeting at Thurles on Saturday, while the scene will then switch to Clonmel on Sunday and will continue there until the Wednesday.
The big event at Clonmel is the Festival Open Unraced and the line-up was decided by the semi-finals last Sunday, with three kennels responsible for the six finalists. Owen McKenna, Frances O'Donnell and Declan Moloney will have three runners apiece in what looks a very open contest.
Meanwhile, English Derby winner Taylors Sky, bred in Timoleague by Noel Fleming, was named the UK Greyhound of the Year at Sunday night's awards gala in London.